DescriptionWilliam T. Sherman Autograph Endorsement Signed "W. T. Sherman," also endorsed by General Hugh Ewing. General Sherman writes on the fourth integral page, "I approve the within and recommend the promotion asked for for the reasons assigned by Genl corso. / W. T. Sherman / Maj G Comdg." General Ewing writes, "Approved & respectfully forwarded / Hugh Ewing / Brig Gen Comdg Div". Also included is an endorsement by Iowa Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood.
The endorsements serve a letter signed by "Jno. M. Corso / Col. Comdg." (four integral pages, 7.75" x 9.75", "HeadQrt's 6th Iowa Infty. Camp Sherman, Miss," May 30, 1863). The letter reads in part, "I respectfully recommend that 2d Lt. Geo. W. Holmes Co. A. be commissioned as Capt of Co. K. vice Cowles resigned; for conspicuous gallantry on the field before Jackson Miss. on the 16th inst. Lt. Holmes crossed an open field in the face of two batteries and two regiments of Infantry and with a Copl & two privates bore the body of Capt. [Calvin] Minton to a place of safety. For this act of heroism in connection with his uniform good conduct in the various actions during the advance on Jackson Miss. I respectfully request that he be transferred and commissioned as above recommended."
John Corse himself was promoted from colonel to brigadier general of volunteers on two months later in recognition of his service at the Siege of Vicksburg. A few notations in red ink on verso. Sheets reinforced at fold, lightly soiled.
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